Agni: The Sacred Flame of Tantric Physics

Perhaps the most universal concept in all systems of spiritual praxis is the sacred flame. The incendiary imagery of the flame is an apt metaphor for an almost unlimited range…

Prince Hall Shriners

Freemasonry, Islam, and Radical Spirituality: A Review of The Crescent And The Compass

[Note: The review below is about The Crescent and The Compass by Angel Millar, editor of, and a regular contributor to, People of Shambhala.] The Crescent and The Compass: Islam,…

Nude temple scene by Norman Lindsay

The Fantasy of Promiscuity

Periodically, some group of people come up with what seems to them to be the secret to human happiness; the end of marriage and the birth of total promiscuity. They…

Islamic Spirituality, Freemasonry and Anti-Masonry Explored

Numerous significant connections were made between Freemasonry and Muslim activists during the 19th and 20th centuries, claims Angel Millar, author of The Crescent and The Compass: Islam, Freemasonry, Esotericism, and Revolution…

Reality Is Overrated; Why Subjectivity Informs Our Experience Of The World

In An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, John Locke focuses on epistemology. The theory of knowledge. His most important aim was to know what reality was really like. Like many other…

The goddess and Hindu rights

Down With Decolonization: Approaching The Hindu Alternative

A knife is sharpened by shaving away all the superfluous material that makes it dull. A sharp knife is a live case of “less is more”: less material means more…

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Sorcerers And Warriors: The Initiatic Journey In Chinese Mythology

Chinese mythology, folk tales and fables are mostly unknown to the West. However this indigenous folklore combines not only unique philosophical and artistic traditions, but informs much modern Chinese popular…

Spirituality, Marxism, And The Future Of Religion

In one of the more surprising remarks of the year so far, “as far as social-economic theory is concerned,”said the Dalai Lama in January, “I am still a Marxist.” Religion,…

Freemasonry, Occultism, And Their Influence On Contemporary Culture

From Rocawear to Goth, Masonic and occult imagery has influenced contemporary design and music. We look at the roots of Masonic symbolism, and how contemporary culture is reflecting ancient symbolism…